Water district officials discuss proposed Pierce Lake guidelines

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is proposing new minimum levels for Pierce Lake, and held a meeting in Land O’ Lakes recently to explain the changes and accept public comment. Minimum levels are established to protect lakes and wetlands, according to district experts. The minimum level is the limit at which further water withdrawals will cause significant harm to the water … [Read more...]

Enjoy beer and wine samples, and help a good cause

The Fall Brewfest for Hospice on Oct. 6 gives people a chance to sample beer and wine, while benefiting Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care. The venue for the event is Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., and it’s scheduled for Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $25 for one ticket, $45 for two and $120 for six. The entrance fee covers beer and wine samples … [Read more...]

Rosebud Continuum is having a fall open house

Sessions on sustainability will be offered by leaders in the field at an open house planned this month at the Rosebud Continuum in Land O’ Lakes. The free event is set for Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 22843 Hale Road, according to a news release from the venue. Those attending will have a chance to stroll around the grounds, purchase native plants and fruit trees, take guided walks … [Read more...]

Teacher broadens her horizons through a fellowship in Korea

It’s fitting Karen Coss teaches AP Human Geography and World Cultural Geography at Land O’ Lakes High School. After all, she has visited 16 countries on six continents. “I like to travel,” said Coss, who also teaches psychology at the high school. Her most recent international stop came this past summer, in South Korea. The trip was part of a teaching fellowship through the Korean War … [Read more...]

Honoring the anniversary of September 11

Flag-wavers held their flags high, as drivers passing by on U.S. 41 honked their horns in support. The red, white and blue draped with stars has always symbolized America, but on this particular Tuesday, it held a much more significant meaning. It was 17 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks. Local members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, and other members of the community, stood … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

They jam on ukuleles — making music and new friends

You don’t have to be a skilled ukulele player, or a professional singer, to take part in the Ukulele Club that meets twice a month at Ukulele Brand’s restaurant, at 4805 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Just bring your ukulele, your music stand and a singing voice to join in the jams on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. First-time players are welcome to … [Read more...]

Proposed rezoning for Ballantrae office park raises questions

The Pasco County Commission has continued a request to rezone the Ballantrae Professional Center until Sept. 17, to sort out issues relating to the center’s current uses, the proposed zoning and who has authority to request the proposed zoning. The center, on the south side of State Road 54 at the intersection of Hunting Bow Circle, in Lutz, is currently zoned as a PO-1 Professional Office … [Read more...]

Bexley borrow pit gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has approved a request for a borrow pit to provide fill dirt for use at Bexley by Newland Communities, a master-planned community, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The development sought approval to operate the borrow to provide up to 1 million cubic yards of sand and dirt to be excavated and hauled over a period of four years. The borrow pit will be reclaimed … [Read more...]

‘My job is to care for everybody,’ local pastor says

Sometimes Jordan Kassabaum does a double-take when someone calls him “pastor.” “I’m just not used to it,” said the 27-year-old pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes. “It seems surreal when I’m standing in front of a congregation.” Kassabaum, a native of Dade City, was named pastor of the Land O’ Lakes church on July 1. He is gradually getting to know his new … [Read more...]